Your Hidden Power
An eGuide to Getting The Life You Want
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Your Hidden Power
An eGuide To Getting The Life You Want By Josephine Payge

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
 - Goethe
1. Introduction This eGuide is the result of my years of study of many wonderful “New Thought” writers, who were published in the early part of the 20th century. People like Wallace D Wattles, Napoleon Hill, Genevieve Behrend, Thomas Troward and many others. Their thinking and inspiration has completely transformed my life and my perspective. Firstly here is a little part of my history. I come from a very religious background that taught me to avoid the workings of my mind at all costs and that the only worthwhile pursuit was being a devotee. I believed for 33 years, yes, that long, that I should “escape my thinking” and go to an inner place of “peace and happiness”. That, they said, was all that was necessary for a fulfilling life. Eventually and fortunately I came to realise that living this way was not going to get me where I wanted to go in life I felt like time was running out! I had begun to feel like I was stagnating, deteriorating because of

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lack of action. Over the years my mind had become quite passive and weak from lack of attention. Because I finally pursued an education about the power of thought, I eventually discovered that in fact my mind could actually become my best asset. My ally instead of my enemy. I learned that I could, with practice, choose my thoughts, and I could make sure that they were by and large positive. My mind wasn’t my enemy and it was unhealthy to ignore my thoughts. Strangely this notion had never occurred to me. I had never heard of it, I had certainly never been taught it. I had never even read about it. It was an entirely new concept to me. Perhaps you are one of the fortunate ones who know this already but I have created this small guide for those who are new to these concepts and ideas. I learned that spirituality and materialism can co-exist.

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2. What is your Hidden power? To get started, I would like to explain what this Hidden Power is, a power that I have come to know and understand very well over the years. As you know, ultimately, everything is energy. Energy exists both in form and without form. It cannot be created and it cannot be destroyed. This is the First Law of Thermodynamics in classical physics. Wallace D Wattles says in his book The Science of Success: “There is one original formless stuff, or substance from which all things are made. All the seemingly different elements are but different presentations of one element; all the many forms found in nature are but different shapes, made from the same stuff. This stuff is thinking stuff; a thought held in it produces the form of the thought. Thought, in thinking substance, produces shapes. The human being is a thinking centre, capable of original thought; if a person can communicate thoughts to original substance, he can cause the creation, or formation, of the thing he thinks about.” In another groundbreaking book, Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill refers to this Hidden Power as “the infinite intelligence”. And more recently Earl Nightingale referred to it as a “power greater than your self” in his marvelous little book The Strangest Secret. It is important that we each have our own individual understanding of this energy, this power, this life force. There are many ways to get in touch with it. Simply asking is perhaps the easiest way. Connecting whilst out in nature is also another wonderful way. I

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get a great sense of this natural force when I am in my boat gently cruising the river in its many moods in all the different seasons. Why not try right now to start to feel this vibration? Find out what works for you. Nature is a great place to start or simply sitting quietly in contemplation can work equally as well.

“You Become What You Think About” - Earl Nightingale

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2. Mental activity versus thoughts Let us be clear, mental activity is not thinking. There is a big difference between thoughts and mental activity. Thoughts are consciously chosen and directed, mental activity is all the other stuff that rattles around inside the mind. All form begins with a thought, an idea. Where these thoughts and ideas originate is up for debate, which I won't get into here. Suffice it to say, that one of the few things that we can control is our thinking. I now know without doubt that thoughts become things and more importantly I can choose the thoughts and therefore choose the things. Knowing this simple fact was for me the beginning of my journey to getting the life I wanted. You may be surprised at the simplicity of it! The first thing is deciding what it is you really want. You may want better health, better relationships, a new home or more money. Whatever it is, you must be very clear. And no matter what it is, know that you can have it. The following example shows how I got started. It is just one of many. As I was emerging out of my “spiritual” lifestyle where I had trained myself never to want anything - because desiring things was “bad” I found it very hard to want anything more than what I already had. After much soul searching and shifting of mental

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patterns I decided with some difficulty, that I would love to own a traditional wooden river boat so that I could enjoy the river like so many others. I remembered that I had often found myself watching longingly as the “fortunate ones” would cruise by in their beautiful boats. This was it. I had made my decision. I wanted a boat. This was a big deal! I certainly didn’t think I deserved one and I also didn't have the money to buy one, as the boats I had my eye on were, about UK£20-30,000 (US$30-45,000). My clearly defined goal gave me the chance to put this new and exciting information to the test. I really wanted to see if simply thinking about a thing, as I had been taught, could bring it into form in my life. It was only three months later when I became the proud owner of a magnificent boat made from teak and mahogany. That was three years ago and I still enjoy my boat to this day. It worked. I was surprised and overjoyed.

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3. Success is measured in different ways My experience with the boat demonstrated a very practical application of how directed thoughts do indeed become things. However, success is measured in many different ways. Earl Nightingale defined success as “the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal…” and of course everyone has their own “worthy ideal”. Mine will not be the same as yours. Whatever your desire, you owe it to yourself to pursue it. It would be wrong not to. An unfulfilled life is a wasted life. When JK Rowing, the author of the Harry Potter books, was interviewed by Oprah recently, she mentioned that no one ever asks her about her failures, of which she said there were many. The focus is always on her success. She spoke of her sense of regret about this lack of acknowledgement around failures, as they were in fact the stepping-stones to her success. If we do not dare to fail we cannot possibly succeed. It is a well-known fact that the famous inventor Thomas A Edison had countless failures before he was able to celebrate his fantastic success as the inventor of the electric light bulb, an invention that changed the world forever. Most of us have been taught that to fail is bad. Whereas the truth is that we must fail so that ultimately we can win. One of the best examples of this is watching a child learning to walk. How many times do babies “fail” just so that they can pick themselves up and try again

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and again until they achieve their objective. All children persist until they can walk. There is never a question of giving up. Whatever you want in life you can have, remember this.

“No one is destined to live a life of poverty, because each of us has the ability to change everything in this life. The Law of Attraction is the law of creation, and it allows each person to create the life they want. Everyone has their own unique circumstances to overcome. But every single person also has the opportunity to achieve anything - and change everything.” – Rhonda Byrne.

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4. Visualisation Consciously directed thoughts are necessary for getting the life we want but there is another even more powerful tool, the art of visualisation. The simple fact is we all visualize. We form pictures in our mind all day long whether we intend to or not. We remember the past and we project the future but we rarely stay in the present. All things begin with a thought or idea. Visualising can also help to create the things in life that we desire. We have all heard of Olympic winners describing how they would “see” themselves receiving their medal, they would hear their national anthem being played and they would feel the emotion of winning. They would practice this art for years in preparation for the event. They visualised what they wanted and they got it. They also had to practise daily to become the best at their sport. They didn't win simply through imagination alone, although it was their visioneering that propelled them to persevere with their training and to never give up. The best time to practice this much under-used technique of visualising is just before going to bed and directly on rising. It is important to give yourself plenty of time. Genevieve Behrend is the inspiration for the following meditation. First find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed, then bring your thoughts into a peaceful place. This will take practice like all new skills but do the best you can.

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Breathe consciously and deeply for about a minute. See a beautiful circle of bright, white light surround your being. Staying in the centre of this circle of light envision the bright rays entering your body from all directions and coming together in your centre, your solar plexus. Then picture this brightest of lights sweeping through your entire body. From your centre up to the crown of your head, and down through your entire body and out through your feet. Then sit comfortably either on a straight-backed chair or cross-legged on the floor, whichever is more comfortable for you. Know that there is but one life, one substance, and this benevolent, giving life force is finding pleasure in its self-recognition in you. Begin creating the picture of what it is you want with your imagination. Whatever it is, begin at the beginning. See every detail of what it is you want to manifest. For example, if you are visualising money, see yourself already in possession of the exact amount of money you want. See yourself holding it in your hand. Really see and experience the money and notice the emotion you are experiencing as you do this. Do you feel happy? Do you feel that this is what you really want? Go over your picture again and again until you actually feel the reality of it and you experience the emotion of receiving what you want. Know this with all you heart, that your picture is as certain to come true, in your physical world, as the sun is to shine.

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Do this twice a day - every day - until you have achieved your goal. Do not give up but persist exactly like the Olympians!

“ The human mind is the most powerful wealth creation tool that exists. It doesn't matter who you are. It doesn't matter what you've done 'til now. It doesn't really even matter what you currently think you're capable of. Every time you think of money and wealth, think of all the positives associated with it.” - Bob Proctor

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5. Repetition and Paradigms Have you noticed how our language can be negative a lot of the time? How we have become used to using negative expressions without realising what we are really saying? We have become habituated to negativity and therefore our thoughts are very often negative. We can be filled with self-doubt and selfcriticism. Often these negative thoughts are not conscious, they are there because of habit, because of repetition. It is well known that the news we watch or read to find out what is going on in our world is often 100% negative. For some unknown reason the news providers assume that we enjoy hearing about all the bad stuff and that we have no interest in the good and positive events that occur every single day. Not only do we have negative input to contend with every day, but people can also have a natural predisposition to be negative. During our formative years we often heard statements like; “Money is the root of all evil.” or “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” or “You can’t have it all.” Hearing statements like this repeatedly over time makes people accustom to and even embrace these negative beliefs and in turn they become their mental paradigms. Overcoming these limiting beliefs first of all takes awareness. Only after people have become acquainted with their patterns can they then begin to change them. When I realised what it would actually take to get what I wanted in life I almost didn't begin! I had to double-check with my mentor at the time, Bob

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Proctor, that this was the way. He confirmed that it was and that there is no easy solution to replacing negative thought habits. Personal development is definitely not for sissies! Every single negative thought must be replaced with a positive one. How? With the same method that was perfected when negativity became a habit, by repetition. Earl Nightingale has a wonderful idea in The Strangest Secret. Decide for the next 30 days to think only positive thoughts. Then repeat. This is such a simple idea but utterly life-changing. Affirmations are the solution to changing negative habits. Simple ones repeated many times a day, every day, are very powerful. This effective exercise keeps negative thoughts and feelings at bay. Over time being allergic to negative talk, negative images and negative people becomes the norm. Which of course is just the way it ought to be. The solution to this is quite simple surround yourself with the kinds of people you want to be like. The result of this elementary turn-around in my mind has been something of a miracle. One of the unexpected “side effects” is that from time to time I feel utter joy and happiness for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Who would have thought that such a thing was possible? In my book that is the “progressive realisation of a worthy ideal”, in other words a Success! Go ahead. Begin now. There is no time like the present. Write your affirmation in the present tense, and start it with the words “I am so happy and grateful that…” Then repeat it over and over again until you have formed the habit. Some say it takes twenty-one

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days to form a habit. In my case it took quite a while longer. But who's counting?

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl

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6. Timing Although we can with practice develop the ability to choose our thoughts and create our visions, we cannot control when these thoughts and pictures will come into form. We can set a date for their achievement, but if the date comes and we have not succeeded it means that we have simply chosen the wrong date. Just re-set the date. It is not an excuse to start doubting the process. On the contrary it is the time to regroup and begin anew with more focus and persistence than ever before. Remember – you can create the life you want.

“Thought is the only action of the mind. By your habitual thoughts you create corresponding external physical conditions, because you thereby create the nucleus which attracts to itself its own correspondence, in due order, until the finished work is manifested on the material plane… ‘I am’ is the word of power. If you think your thought is powerful, your thought is powerful.” - Judge Thomas Troward

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7. Power versus force It is well known that to go against the natural flow of things is a really tough way to live. It has been proven that cooperating with our Hidden Power rather than using our will to force things to happen, gets much better results. Learn to be in tune with your essence, your core, develop your intuitive skills, listen to your quiet inner voice that always knows what is right and all will be well. To re-cap: 1. Decide what you really want. 2. Eliminate negative thoughts from your life. 3. Develop a positive mind-set. 4. Repeat affirmations daily. 5. Practice the art of visualization. Do these things with commitment and perseverance and your Hidden Power must be unleashed. The life you really want will begin to manifest in wonderful ways. Begin now. And stay in touch so that you can let me know how these techniques have helped you to create the life of your dreams. Sow it! Reap it! Blessings of joy and prosperity

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